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Medieval Manchester Festival

25 September 2021 to 26 September 2021 Book tickets

A unique and family-friendly festival at Chetham’s in Manchester – featuring live music, food, drink and medieval entertainment – celebrating the 600th anniversary of Manchester’s oldest buildings.

Chetham’s stunning medieval buildings date back to 1421. It’s where the history of modern Manchester begins. Now, a two-day festival will celebrate the city’s history, and the incredible story of Chetham’s.

Visit the historic courtyard at Chetham’s for storytelling, falconry, food and drink and the chance to test yourself at some competitive medieval games. Live period music from Manchester Baroque and Chetham’s Manchester Cathedral Choristers will set the mood! Laugh and enjoy Horrible Histories performances in The Stoller Hall – revealing the gruesome side of history. Prepare to be disgusted by medieval antics!

Adults and families alike are invited to explore Chetham’s Library – the oldest public library in the English speaking world – with special guided tours of the historic site and collections.

Festival entry starts at £3pp and there are a number of Festival ticket add-ons below which need to be pre-booked alongside your festival ticket.

  • Horrible Histories: Live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, suitable for ages 5 to 105.
  • Creative Music Workshops: Interactive workshops for children ages 4-12. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Chetham's Library Tours: Visit the oldest Library in the English speaking world. Suitable for adults and older children.